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Evening Newscast 08-01-16

Aug 1, 2016
Montana Evening News
Josh Burnham

It’s been a relatively calm day on the 35-hundred acre Roaring Lion fire southwest of Hamilton Monday. 

Emergency officials in Hamilton are preparing for a public meeting Monday night at 7 PM about the Roaring Lion fire burning on 35-hundred acres southwest of Hamilton.

The Copper King Fire, detected Sunday eight miles east of Thompson Falls, grew from 200 to 700 acres overnight.

Tribal authorities on the Flathead Reservation have temporarily closed the entire 3.5-mile Mollman Pass Trail in the Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness after receiving a report of a dead horse off the trail.

Evening Newscast 07-29-16

Jul 29, 2016
Montana Evening News
Josh Burnham

A Montana prosecutor says he's not pursuing felony charges at this time against Barry Beach, who was granted clemency by Governor Steve Bullock last November.

The Daily Interlake is reporting the roughly 200 person community of Olney, north of Whitefish, is calling for an embezzlement investigation against the fire department.

Six draft bills aimed at securing a positive future for the community of Colstrip were made public today, and are now open for public comment.

Evening Newscast 07-28-16

Jul 28, 2016
Montana Evening News
Josh Burnham

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle is reporting that a mining company has re-submitted its application last week to mine near the border of Yellowstone National Park.

Applications to drill for oil and gas on federal and Indian lands are expected to decrease 40 percent in coming years versus their historical average, government officials say.

State officials have released the name of a 20-year-old man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting southwest of Malta.

Evening Newscast 07-27-16

Jul 27, 2016
Montana Evening News
Josh Burnham

A Phillips County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man during a confrontation along U.S. Highway 191, south of Malta this morning.

University of Montana women's basketball coach Robin Selvig has announced his retirement after 38 seasons and 865 wins.

The Billings Gazette is reporting a slew of grass fires in Yellowstone County started last night after a storm system came through.

Evening Newscast 07-26-16

Jul 26, 2016
Montana Evening News
Josh Burnham

The Billings Gazette is reporting a 30-acre fire was discovered at the Billings Rod and Gun Club at about 10:30 last night.

Landowners, environmentalists and public health workers want Montana regulators to require more transparency from companies about their use of "fracking" chemicals that are used to produce oil and gas.

The public is getting an additional 10 days to comment on one aspect of a proposed water bottling plant in Creston. Nicky Ouellet reports that’s because of a technical error by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

Evening Newscast 07-25-16

Jul 25, 2016
Montana Evening News
Josh Burnham

Montana’s state fire agency says it expects the Blue Lake fire burning about 10 miles SW of Ennis to be fully contained by August 6th.

Montana Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen is asking for public input on proposed rate increases for health plans across the state.

Two Montana republican state house members today endorsed the Libertarian Party’s candidate for President.

Evening Newscast 07-21-16

Jul 21, 2016
Montana Evening News
Josh Burnham

Three environmental groups today settled their lawsuit from 2012 over coal ash pollution at the Colstrip power plant.

Montana authorities say an Idaho man was electrocuted when his fishing rod touched a low-hanging power line.

Candidates in Montana’s gubernatorial race today (7/21) booked one televised debate and are negotiating two more.

Evening Newscast 07-20-16

Jul 20, 2016
Montana Evening News
Josh Burnham

A District Court Judge is declaring wins for both the Flathead Valley irrigators who sued to overturn the water compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and the state of Montana, that’s defending the compact after it passed the state legislature last year.

A federal judge has sentenced a Montana man to 18 months in prison for digging ponds on land that was not his, and violating the federal Clean Water Act.

Authorities are investigating whether a fire that burned more than a square mile of farmland north of Great Falls was arson. 

Evening Newscast 07-19-16

Jul 19, 2016
Montana Evening News
Josh Burnham

A 32 year-old military veteran from Anaconda accused of taking leadership roles in two armed standoffs involving federal authorities pleaded guilty today, and is expected to do the same with charges in Nevada, prosecutors said.

State officials say 13 Montana counties are now under drought alerts.

Democratic candidate for Montana’s seat in the U-S House Denise Juneau says her opponent’s speech at the Republican National Convention last night shows he’s more focused on his own political career than the needs of Montanans.  

Montana Evening News
Josh Burnham

Among the Montanans in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention is a 19-year-old delegate from Billings.

Montana Governor Steve Bullock has signed an agreement with U.S. Forest Service officials that will allow the state to play a bigger role in managing federal forest lands. 

Conservationists threw a party Saturday (7/16) to celebrate permanent land protections in the Haskill Basin watershed east of Whitefish.

Flathead County officials have released the names of three people who were killed in a fiery crash near Kalispell.